9 October 2016

IdeaLab empowers ASEAN startups

IdeaLab 2016 is a two-day boutique startup conference focusing on ASEAN startup cross-border linkages, and the Malaysian startup ecosystem, and includes the Malaysian Business Angels Network (MBAN) Summit (All About Angels) for investors worldwide. According to the organisers, 500 of the best startups, investors and corporates in the ASEAN ecosystem have been targeted.

Delegates can attend the Ideation Stage, where industry leaders will discuss pressing issues for startups in ASEAN; the IdeaPad Stage where the best ASEAN startups battle it out in front of a panel of judges; and the IdeaClinic, where startups get real-time advice on legal, public relations and marketing issues.

In Startups Anonymous; breakout rooms allow ASEAN startups to share their challenges and experiences, while Networking Pods offer an online-to-offline platform for setting up discussions between participants during the event. The MBAN Summit (All About Angels) will introduce traditional investors to the startup ecosystem, whereas the Startup Ecosystem Fair will showcase the major players in the Malaysian startup ecosystem and some of the best startups in the ASEAN region.

The event is part of Malaysian Entrepreneurship Week, from 31 October to 3 November, a collaboration between the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC), the WIEF Foundation, MBAN, the Malaysian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) and the Global Startup Awards.

The week begins with IdeaLab and the MBAN Summit from 31 October to 1 November at Berjaya Times Square Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysiafollowed by the Global Entrepreneurship Community (GEC) hosted by MaGIC on 2 to 3 November at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, focusing on creating a collaborative platform for entrepreneurial innovation between the major and micro ecosystem builders in the global startup space. The MOSTI Commercialisation Year conference will run parallel to the GEC. The Global Startup Award ceremony will be held on 3 November.